The Church has realized for quite some time that the internet has, on the whole,
been detrimental to missionary work and member retention. Recently, the Church
has made a huge push to make its presence known on the internet and encouraged
members to blog and participate in online discussions. If Church growth
statistics and member retention numbers are any indication, the Church has a
long, long way to go in this area. For example, Daniel mentioned his
website "Mormon Scholars Testify" but he didn't mention another
website that it getting much more hits, "Ex-Mormon Scholars Testify".
For every pro-LDS site out their, there are many more critical-LDS sites out
there.I applaud the Church in its efforts to make its internet
presence more established, but it's obvious we have a long way to go.
My life was touched and changed by that same talk by Elder Ballard. I'm
blogging and my friends and I will start podcasting soon. Thank you for sharing
your experience and sentiments. Proud to be Mormon and a member of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Nod to Elder Packer)
I looked over the Mormon Scholars Testify website. It's interesting the number
that support the Theory of Evolution. I wonder if some of these scholars also
think that creating an "Evolution Scholars Testify" website would help
convince the evolution-deniers. I don't think it would. And so, I don't think
"Mormon Scholars Testify" does much in this regard either.
Even here on the DNews in the Mormon Times section, there are very few members
participating. Many that do participate often fail to intelligently articulate
their position. I've been following Michael Ash's column for quite some time
now, and the discussion usually centers around scientific evidence of the church
and Book of Mormon. It is usually the most commented on column in the Mormon
Times. His column provokes some interesting discussion and dialogue, but more
and more the conversation is dominated by non-believers. I'm not sure if LDS
people are just afraid of the subject, or find their position indefensible, or
if they just don't know enough about the subject, or if they just aren't
interested in anything faith challenging, but it is disappointing that more
members don't participate. It seems that many members choose to drawn an
invisible line between themselves and the non-believing majority that shall not
be crossed. That's too bad. If you believe it, don't be ashamed of it, study
it, teach it, defend it.
@JaxIt's a difficult thing to do because many times the only answer
is "just have faith." Sometimes this is an embarrassing thing to
admit. If you have no reason or evidence to justify your belief, then how do you
know that you are right?